Would you buy an Apple iCar?

Apple has long been rumored to be working on an Apple car. Steve Jobs had dreamed of creating an iCar before his sad demise after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. An Apple board member had stated that the car industry is a tragedy in America and Steve's dream was to design an iCar which would give the automotive industry the shake-up it required. Italy based auto designer Liviu Tudoran has taken cues from the Apple products and designed a concept car called iMove for the year 2020. Is this the Apple car of your dreams?
Steve's iCar would be loaded with features like uni-body aluminum presumably, with a touchscreen panel instead of a steering wheel. As long as sat-nav didn’t control it he added a bit cheekily.

Meanwhile, Italy based auto designer Liviu Tudoran has taken cues from the Apple products and designed a concept car called iMove for the year 2020.

iMove will be electric and will feature the same design lines like all the latest Apple products.

Most of the car body is covered with transparent materials, so that even under the roof the driver get a cabriolet feeling.

iMove will be able to acommodate three passengers and will have a ground-breaking luggage space.The concept offers various possibilities for customization, thus enabling the owners to change the car’s appliance according to its own preferences.
Source - news.yahoo

Rahul Gandhi says growth can only be inclusive

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday pitched for inclusive growth, saying whenever certain groups like women, tribals and Dalits have been left behind, India has fallen back.

Spelling out his priorities for India's growth, he said: "The biggest danger is excluding people, excluding the poor, the middle class, the tribals, the Dalits."

"Whenever we excluded women, the minorities, Dalits... we have always fallen back," the 42-year-old Gandhi scion said, addressing the annual general meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) here.

Gandhi, formally addressing a gathering such as this for the first time, said: "India is the largest pool of human capital people have ever known, and probably will ever know. It was this movement of people... this tremendous movement of people and ideas that is going to define this country in the 21st century."

"Democracy and technology have triggered a non-reversible chain reaction in India. This reaction is unstoppable, nobody can stop it," he said.

Gandhi said: "The government cannot build infrastructure alone. We need your (the industry's) help. It has to be done jointly."

The Congress vice president said: "It is our duty to provide India with a physical infrastructure to enable this unprecedented movement of people and ideas."

Industry chamber CII's annual general meetings, over the years, have seen many political bigwigs cutting across party lines making an appearance to enunciate their vision for economic growth. Congress president and Rahul's mother Sonia Gandhi has attended the meeting at least twice in the past.

This year's AGM was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday.
Source - finance.yahoo

Gujarat Assembly passes controversial Lokayukta Aayog Bill 2013, Congress stages a walkout

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Lokayukta Bill 2013 was on Tuesday passed in the state Assembly amidst dramatic scenes of a walkout by Congress MLAs. The new law allows a six member committee headed by the Chief Minister to choose the Lokayukta.

The Congress alleges it curbs the powers of the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. The new Bill came after the state government lost a bitter fight legally and politically when Governor Kamala Beniwal, bypassing the state government, appointed Justice RA Mehta as the state Lokayukta which was upheld by the High Court as well as Supreme Court in January this year.

The apex court had ruled that "primacy" of the opinion of the Chief Justice in the Lokayukta Act was final. The existing Lokayukta Act and the Lokayukta Aayog Bill both have given power to Lokayukta to merely report their findings to competent authorities, but they have no power to take penal actions.Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela opposed the Bill, saying "the state government is afraid that Lokayukta Justice Mehta will expose the corruption of the government". Vaghela alleged the bill is just a delaying tactic so that they do not have to appoint Justice R A Mehta as Lokayukta

Facebook to pay users for Facebooking; early-bird applications open

New Delhi: This is a social networking addict's dream come true. Facebook is testing a new feature that will allow a select class of users, whom Facebook calls 'Advanced Facebookers', to earn while using the social networking service. According to sources close to the programme, Facebook plans to pay the top 4 per cent of the first batch of selected users up to $1 per activity during the initial global rollout phase.

The new Advanced Facebookers (AF) feature is being currently tested amongst a small group of users in New Zealand, where Facebook usually carries out its initial trials before rolling them out globally.

The news was first leaked by Allay Floods, a Facebook user from New Zealand, who is part of Facebook's alpha test team for the new feature.

Users will be selected programatically by Facebook and eligible users will see a notification above their Facebook News Feed.

What is Advanced Facebookers?

Users will be selected programatically by Facebook and eligible users will see a notification (as shown in the image) above their Facebook News Feed. It says, "You have been selected for the Advanced Facebookers programme. Click here to know more." Clicking on the link takes the user to a page detailing the terms and conditions of the program. If a user agrees to be a participant, then he is taken to a page where he needs to enter his credit card details for verification and also bank account and other tax related information.

Top mobile handsets in India

In this month's Hotlist by The Mobile Indian, eight were from Micromax; six were from Samsung; five from Karbonn; two from Nokia; and one each from Apple, Xolo, Intex and Sony.

Global handset brands like Samsung, Nokia and Sony are facing tough competition from Indian players like Micromax and Karbonn, a Handset Hotlist survey conducted by The Mobile Indian has revealed.
According to the data, collected by a study of online preferences of over one million people who visited the website (www.themobileindian.com) in February this year, of the 25 most viewed handsets in India 15 were from Indians players.
Almost all the Indian handset players like Micromax, Karbonn and Xolo have recently launched smartphones with specifications similar to phones of MNC players with 4 inch or larger screens, quad core processors and HD display. This development seems to have changed the perception of the mobile user that what is affordable is not of poor quality and is worth considering.

Commenting on the survey, a spokesperson of The Mobile Indian said, "India is a price sensitive market and handsets with good specifications at affordable prices will get consumers' attention. That's exactly what Indian handsets players are doing."
In this month's Handset Hotlist, Apple iPhone 5 headed the list, followed by Micromax A110 Canvas 2. This shows that consumers in India are searching for both aspirational as well as affordable smartphones.
The spokesperson further added, "This month we saw an interesting phenomenon. Whenever a new handset is launched, especially by an Indian player, the price of the older model drops but in the case of Micromax, though, when it launched Canvas HD the price of Canvas 2 didn't decrease, and instead went up by Rs 1,000.”
In this month's Hotlist, eight devices were from Micromax; six were from Samsung; five from Karbonn, two from Nokia; and one each from Apple, Xolo, Intex and Sony.

Top 25 Handset Hotlist for March-2013
Rank FebLast JanChangeModelPrice (inRs.)OSScreen SizeCamera
121Apple iPhone 545,500iOS48
21-1Micromax A110 Canvas 210,000Android55
352Samsung Galaxy S Duos12,500Android48
440Nokia Lumia 5109, 500Windows45
5nanewMicromax Canvas HD A11615,500Android58
6nanewMicromax A65 Smarty 4.34,999Android4.33
7nanewMicromax A54 Smarty 3.57,990Android3.52
880Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite5,949Android2.82
93-6Karbonn A218,999Android4.55
10nanewKarbonn Smart A11110,290Android55
11209Samsung Galaxy Grand I908220,000Android58
12nanewMicromax Ninja A273,500Android3.5VGA
13nanewSamsung Galaxy Grand Duos I908220,000Android5Yes
14140Micromax A87 Ninja 46,499Android42
15nanewKarbonn S1 Titanium10,990Android4.55
1610-6Sony Xperia J12,990Android45
17nanewMicromax Ninja A896,000Android3.83
18nanewKarbonn A127,990Android4.55
19nanewXolo A100013,999Android58
2019-1Nokia Asha 3116,200Asha OS33.1
217-14Micromax A90S14,100Android4.38
22nanewIntex Aqua 4.05,449Android3.53
23nanewSamsung Galaxy Chat GT B53307,900Android32
24nanewSamsung Galaxy Ace Duos I58910,000Android3.53.2
25nanewKarbonn A1+4,000Android3.53
Source - news.yahoo

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